Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola

Three bears made of wood inside on the floor, one big and two small.

Welcome to the Petola Visitor Centre in Kuhmo

Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola is home to Finland's large carnivores and offers a window on the Kainuu wilderness. Here you can obtain information on the brown bear, the wolf, the lynx and the wolverine. There is also plenty of information on wild forest reindeer. At Petola, you can buy unique souvenirs and get the best tips for hikes in the wilderness of Kainuu.   

Opening Hours in 2020

DUE TO THE CORONA PANDEMIC THE VISITOR CENTRE IS CLOSED TILL THE END OF MAY

Further information on coronavirus guidelines.

The customer service is still at your service by phone and e-mail from Monday to Friday.

Opening hours during the summer time:

  • 1.6. - 12.6. Mon-Fri 9-16
  • 15.6. - 7.8. every day 9-17
  • 10.8. - 15.10. Mon-Fri 9-16

Free entrance. Guided tours are charged.

Contact Information

Address: Lentiirantie 342, 88900 Kuhmo

Telephone: +358 206 39 6380

E-mail: petola(at)metsa.fi

Petola is home to Finland's large carnivores

Location: In Kuhmo (kuhmo.fi, in Finnish), the Kainuu Region. Read more.

Arrival: By car. Read more.

Visit: Open from the beginning of May to the end of October. At other times by agreement. There is no entrance fee to the visitor centre. Guided group tours cost 50€/group/hour and they must be booked in advance. Read more.

Things to Do and See: The Predators on the Prowl exhibition, events, short nature films, the Petola Nature Trail, guided group tours. Read more.

Suitability: An excellent location for families with children. Also suitable for the disabled. It is not allowed to bring pets in the visitor centre.

Services: large carnivore -themed products, fishing and hunting permits, licences for the snowmobile routes maintained by Metsähallitus, meeting services, nature education, WLAN. Café services for groups when booked in advance. Read more.

Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola´s symbol.

The Visitor Centre is managed by: The Parks and Wildlife Finland, Metsähallitus.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/kuhmovisitorcentre

Self-guided Tour: "Kuusamo's Renowned National Parks"

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Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"


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A mobile phone in a hand, Retkikartta.fi is visible on the screen. Open the map of Kuhmo visitor centre on Retkikartta.fi.

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Learn about large carnivores in Finland


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Nearby Destinations

Hiidenportti National Park

The Friendship Park
Lentua Nature Reserve (in Finnish)
Elimyssalo Nature Reserve (in Finnish)
Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät Nature Reserve (in Finnish)
Juortanansalo - Lapinsuo Mire Reserve (in Finnish)

There are many splendid destinations in the Kuhmo area.
Enquire about other nearby destinations at the visitor centre.